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I was born and raised in the south-central West Virginia. I graduated from Nuttall High School, Lookout, WV in 1959 and went off to Berea College, Berea, Kentucky. After my freshman year, I enlisted in the United States Air Force, where I served for four years in the beautiful state of Hawaii. While there, I attended Jackson College and the University of Hawaii.

Upon my return home to West Virginia, I married and had two exceptional children, Emily and Adam Hankins. Unfortunately, that marriage ended in divorce after about seven years. During those same years, I graduated from the University of Charleston, Charleston, WV, receiving my baccalaureate degree in history.

About this time, I published my first chapbook of poetry, The Lady in the Pink Hat. It was published by Candor Press in 1969.

Between 1968 and 1981, my poems appeared in Christian Century, Writer, The Poet, Cameo, Grit, Quintessence, Author/Poet, Tangent, The American Poet, Prairie Poets, The Baptist Leader, and Parnassus. My poems appeared in the following anthologies:  Major Poets Anthology #6, Prairie Press Books, The Soul and the Singer Anthology, Young Publications, Field of Daisies, Nina Brewer Henry, Editor, Prairie Press Books, and Yearbook of Modern Poetry, 1981, Young Publications,  

Articles and short stories appeared in Hoosier Challenger, Housewife/Writer's Forum, Capper's Weekly, Vegetarian Times, Writer's Digest, Equipping Youth, The West Virginia Hillbilly, The Mountain Laurel, Christian Education Today, Leadership, Christian Leadership, The Final Draft, Writer's World, A Better Life For You, Lifeglow, The Messenger, Collector's News and the Antique Reporter, Writer's Gazette Newsletter, Animal Press, The Central Virginian, Pocket Inspirations, The Preacher's Magazine, Chips Off the Writer's Block, Huckleberry, West Virginia--Then and Now, AIM Magazine, Appalachian Heritage, Fiction Forum, and i:The First Person.

(More recently) I obtained my master's and doctoral degees in Theology at Trinity Theological Seminary. I served churches in West Virginia, Ohio, and Virginia before retiring in 1997.  A compulsive writer, my poetry, articles, short stories, and theological writings have appeared in numerous national journals and periodicals, mentioned previously, and including Biblical Illustrator and the renowned Pulpit Digest. In 1992-1993 I was selected for Who's Who in Religion. I was also elected to the international poetry society, Y Escambi Internationale. One of my poems was read into the Congressional Journal of the United States. I am also a member of Pi Gamma Mu, an honorary sociological fraternity. 

(Even More Recently) I published a book of Appalachian short stories, Ashes on the Snow, and, A Sensible Theology for Thinking People (A retired Southern Baptist minister talks candidly about the Bible, Theology and Contemporary Concerns). For about eight years I wrote a weekly column for the Huntington, WV Herald-Dispatch.

In the past couple of years, some of my poems have appeared in PS: It's Poetry, Arczis Technologies, Inc., Nursery Rhymes & Stories, Eve Roper, Compiler, Kindle Direct Publishing, and PS: It's Still Poetry, Volume II, Arczis Technologies, Inc.

My "A Sensible Look at Genesis" and my autobiograph "A Pedestal in the Closet" remain unpublished. I have edited three doctoral theses and continue to edit poetry chapbooks and short stories for family and friends. 

I have been interviewed on both radio and television. For two years (2016-2017) I published and edited my own website, "A Columnist With a View."

My wife Deborah and I moved to Catlettsburg, Kentucky to operate The Presidents' House Bed and Breakfast, where we remained until we retired a second time and moved to Ashland, Kentucky. My wife Deborah of 35 years died November 22, 2018. In the years since her death, I have been very active on the Poetry Soup and All Poetry websites. 

I continue my work as a freelance writer and editor. I am available for editing projects by contacting me at:


Blog Posted:6/2/2022 1:50:00 PM

C'mon folks, we're getting down to the wire. I have eight definite placements and two that are sitting on the fence. There's a good chance, if you write me a really good one you can knock out one of those on the fence...maybe both, for a placement. So, if you haven't already entered, why not? I'm waiting on yours. Man, have I ever received some good ones! But, as I said, I'm still waiting on yours. There are plenty of spaces. --Milt

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Date: 6/5/2022 3:51:00 PM
Congratulations to the winners, blessings ~Constance
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Date: 6/4/2022 1:17:00 AM
Milton where has the contest gone to. I was just about to post my entry… Belle
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Date: 6/4/2022 2:40:00 PM
The contest was set to be judged on June 4, 2022. I'm sorry if your entry did not make it in time. I did look at one entry that came in after the contest was removed. I don't know if it was yours. I'm so sorry.
Date: 6/3/2022 4:45:00 PM
I saw some really great ones entered for you. hope mine is one you liked! have fun judging. I need to do a contest for June!!
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Date: 6/4/2022 2:41:00 PM
Yes, Andrea. I think you should. I learn so much from the contests I sponsor, and I grow in my ability to look at the poems submitted critically. This one was rather difficult because of the quality of the poems submitted. I did my best.
Date: 6/2/2022 4:10:00 PM
Were you a carney barker in your past, Milt? lol I hope I don't get knocked off, but if something is better it deserves its rightful place. Come one. Come all. Enter Milt's contest and be a winner!!!
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Jenna Logan
Date: 6/3/2022 2:11:00 PM
Milt, I’d rather be surprised. It’s good to know that you’re receiving entries that meet your expectations.
Date: 6/3/2022 11:24:00 AM
If I knew whether you are on the list or not, I'd probably tell you, Jenna. No great whoop, as far as I'm concerned. I will tell you that I believe these are the best poems I have ever received in a contest of mine. I'm quite proud of them, and I can hardly wait until Saturday to see the names on the list. That is the best part of the contest experience for me.
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Jenna Logan
Date: 6/2/2022 5:37:00 PM
I know you judge without a clue as to who wrote what, Milt. I was just teasing about that.
Date: 6/2/2022 4:57:00 PM
Thanks, Jenna. I have no idea who is where on the list, or even who entered. Anyway, best of luck. Many years ago, I did play a barker in a carnival. I guess some of it didn't wear off.

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My Recent Poems

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8/14/2022 Just the Facts, Please Rhymehow i feel,perspective,
8/14/2022 The Hot Seat Triolethow i feel,perspective,wr
8/14/2022 Fairy Tale Affair Coupletbeauty,first love,magic,s
8/14/2022 Saber Jet Misadventure Free verseboy,fate,flying,giggle,sc
8/14/2022 A Rocker and a Cigar Free versehow i feel,me,perspective
8/14/2022 Folly of the Miscreants Rhymeamerica,how i feel,patrio
8/14/2022 The Reason Why Monokucourage,how i feel,integr
8/13/2022 What Not to Steal Light Versehow i feel,humorous,
8/13/2022 Trails That Lead to Nowhere Quintain (Sicilian)poverty,
8/13/2022 Our Pickle Party Light Versehumorous,
8/12/2022 Remind Me Light Versefeelings,fun,how i feel,m
8/12/2022 Front Row Seats Quintain (Sicilian)celebrity,
8/12/2022 Naughty Lady of Shady Lane Limerickhumorous,
8/12/2022 Perfect Rose Rhymeflower,red,rose,
8/12/2022 Thank you, Juan Valdez Light Versedrink,feelings,me,
8/12/2022 stars Haikustars,
8/12/2022 In the Forgotten Places Quatrainfear,perspective,places,p
8/11/2022 The Night Sky Quatrainmoon,night,sky,star,
8/11/2022 Hints of Autumn Quaternaugust,autumn,mountains,
8/10/2022 Thoughts on the Metaverse Quatrainangst,humorous,internet,m
8/10/2022 Weather Most Foul Quatrainweather,
8/10/2022 On Aging Terzanelleage,how i feel,humorous,
8/10/2022 Today Epigramtoday,
8/10/2022 Drunks and Skunks Coupletanimal,drink,humorous,
8/9/2022 Suggestion Box Sonnet Sonnetconflict,environment,iron
8/9/2022 The Tiniest Things Light Versehumorous,
8/9/2022 A Purpose to Understand Bioabuse,childhood,growing u
8/9/2022 Before Memorial Day Free versememorial day,
8/9/2022 Weather Is Changing Quatrainchange,weather,
8/9/2022 The Day I Met Jesus Haibunfaith,religious,spiritual
8/9/2022 Flying Free Monokuflying,
8/9/2022 POETRY SOUP Namepoetry,poets,world,writin
8/8/2022 Hidden From Time Free versedepression,home,memory,mo
8/8/2022 Uncle Joe Limerickhumorous,sad,
8/8/2022 Drawback to Mask-Wearing Light Versegirl,image,perspective,
8/8/2022 On Bullying Quatrainanti bullying,bullying,je
8/8/2022 Heaven's Healing Waters Kyrielleheaven,life,water,
8/8/2022 To Lauren Rhymegranddaughter,
8/8/2022 Trusting God Quatrainfaith,spiritual,trust,upl
8/8/2022 Scarcely Noticed Blessings Trioletappreciation,blessing,flo
8/8/2022 ALEX JONES Acrosticcharacter,judgement,persp
8/8/2022 Time for Change Political Versechange,perspective,politi
8/7/2022 Nature of War Epyllionperspective,war,
8/7/2022 Mid-Summer Hail Dodoitsustorm,summer,weather,
8/7/2022 Summer Rain Quatrainaugust,rain,summer,weathe
8/7/2022 Climate Change Cinquainchange,weather,
8/7/2022 Undeniable Warning Quatrainchange,weather,
8/7/2022 Thoughts on Blackberries Rhymefeelings,fruit,
8/7/2022 Communication Light Versemarriage,
8/7/2022 Just August Quintain (Sicilian)farm,life,
8/7/2022 Sounding a Unified Chord Quintain (Sicilian)earth,weather,
8/7/2022 Fantasy or Reality Diamantefun,word play,
8/6/2022 Moving Toward Stability Diamantefun,word play,
8/6/2022 Riding to the Grapevine Tankasports,
8/6/2022 My Wildflower Bouquet Quatrainanimal,bird,flower,nature
8/6/2022 Decisions, Decisions, Decisions Sonnethow i feel,me,
8/6/2022 Leaves of August Trioletaugust,autumn,rain,tree,
8/6/2022 Observing a Spider Quintain (Sicilian)insect,work,
8/6/2022 As I Dream Rhymedream,feelings,romantic,
8/6/2022 Poetry Soup Addiction Quatrainfun,poetry,writing,
8/5/2022 Presentation Is Everything Terzanellemusic,perspective,teacher
8/5/2022 When a Boy Becomes a Man Rhymeboy,change,growing up,you
8/5/2022 Thanks For Your Service Quatrainmilitary,patriotic,tribut
8/5/2022 The Missing Link Monorhymehumorous,
8/5/2022 Things Could Be Worse Light Versehow i feel,humorous,persp
8/5/2022 Cyrus the Magnificent Epitaphhumorous,
8/5/2022 Go, Nancy, Go Rhymeanxiety,places,political,
8/4/2022 Once Upon a Licorice Stick Light Versefun,humorous,
8/4/2022 Another Way of Saying It Monorhymefeelings,fun,word play,
8/4/2022 Confused With Another Dude Light Versefun,humorous,perspective,
8/4/2022 Terra Incognita Quatrainplaces,universe,
8/3/2022 Farmer Shane Limerickfarm,
8/3/2022 Foggy Morning Rising Quatrainboy,fishing,morning,mount
8/3/2022 County Fair Villanelleanimal,farm,horse,success
8/3/2022 Doctor Death Rhymehistory,horror,murder,sui
8/3/2022 Blackberry Winter Haikuspring,weather,
8/3/2022 Genius and Insanity Light Verseperspective,
8/3/2022 A Consideration for Deliberation Quatraingod,irony,perspective,
8/2/2022 Gatherin' At the River Lyricreligion,spiritual,symbol
8/2/2022 Riverfront Senryumusic,river,summer,
8/2/2022 Murder of the Innkeeper Rhymemystery,
8/2/2022 When Everything Goes Wrong Quatraindepression,feelings,hope,
8/1/2022 The Pounding of My Heart Romanticismfeelings,heart,love,sensu
8/1/2022 Where Rivers Lazily Roam Rondeau Redoubleheart,home,places,river,w
8/1/2022 I Sang a Song For You Quatrainmemory,music,song,wedding
8/1/2022 Back to School Quaternbullying,fear,feelings,sc
8/1/2022 Cardio-Rehab Light Versehealth,heart,me,sports,
7/31/2022 A Good Poem Terzanellepoems,poetry,writing,
7/31/2022 On Reparations Blank verseamerica,angst,feelings,ho
7/31/2022 My Big Moment Villanellecelebration,fun,me,
7/30/2022 Not Patriots--Amoeba Types Quatrainanger,how i feel,patrioti
7/30/2022 Stars Like Bits of Crystal Quintain (Sicilian)sky,stars,
7/29/2022 Underneath Glamor and Glitz Terza Rimaidentity,image,pain,self,
7/29/2022 Transcending Individuality Didacticphilosophy,self,spiritual
7/29/2022 Uncaring Fools Rhymeanimal,
7/28/2022 Seers and Deniers Epigramperspective,philosophy,
7/28/2022 Exceptional Merit Epigramsuccess,
7/28/2022 Interstate Highway Cinquainhow i feel,perspective,
7/28/2022 In the Realm of Poppycock Rhymefantasy,fun,silly,
7/26/2022 Fun in the Street Free versefun,summer,

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Fav Poems

Statues In The Park Rhymehistory,
VERSE FREED to couplet Coupletnostalgia,word play,
A Man Called Leo Quatrainanxiety,emotions,father s
A Song of Three - Favorite Rhymefun,
Spring Rhymeflower,spring,summer,sun,
The Last Supper Limerickjesus,
The Holy Road Free versewar,
Another Lifetime Versework,
It Was a Good Morning until Free versedad,fun,kid,
Q Tipping Political Verseabuse,america,angst,discr
Don't Go To L Rhyme10th grade,
My Government Tis of Thee Rhymedeath,humor,
I Won't Try Again I Quit Limerick2nd grade,3rd grade,4th g
It Was A Good Morning Until Rhymehumor,
Miss Amelia Havisham's Garden Shed Rhymedeath,garden,literature,
Cowboy Shooters On Motor Scooters Rhymehumorous,native american,
Charlies Boarder Rhymeanimal,
this old building Versehome,
Baxter Bug and the Purple Orb Rhymeinsect,
Lazy Bones Rhymework,
Friday Friday Friday Friday Friday Rhymeday,
Again Verselove,snow,
In Sandy On A Sundy Rhymehumor,
The Legs Are Last To Go Rhymefamily,fun,humorous,life,
This Beautiful Brown Eyed Boy Narrativeblack african american,bo
Stand in a Field and Scream Villanelleanxiety,betrayal,depressi
Howling Good Night for Pumpkin Fight Monorhymecat,halloween,
PS - IT'S POETRY Rhymehow i feel,poetry,writing
I Want To Be A Poet Rhymefun,funny,poetry,words,
I Felt An Ache Inside Rondeau Redouble11th grade,12th grade,ang
I REMEMBER SMOKEY Quatraincat,childhood,
Majesty of Fall Verseautumn,beauty,
As Free as the Long Grasses Free verseself,wind,
Shh, I'll Make It Go Away Rhymechildhood,how i feel,love
Better Choice at the End Rhymehumor,
To The Temptations Free versemusic,tribute,
How Do You Like Them Apples Rhymehumorous,
Man's Enduring Gift Rhymecreation,humanity,power,
My Whiskey Was Dumped Into the Well Rhymedrink,water,
Joy in the Emptiness Free verseeaster,
In My Dreams Free verseanimal,
MOONSHINE SHUFFLE - Moderate Country Waltz Lyricmarriage,
M A X I M I Z E Acrosticinspirational,
silence Free versechild,conflict,death,phil
An Hour Glass Spirit Free versecelebration,
Flagpole Fannie -- POTD Rhymegrandmother,humor,humorou
The Big, Fat Fairy Rhymecheer up,fairy,fantasy,
ILL REPUTE Rhymehumorous,lust,sin,
Crazy Animal Poem Monorhyme1st grade,2nd grade,3rd g
Overexposure Free versechildren,education,growth
The Hymns and I Rhymechildhood,religion,school
Blue Ridge Nights Free versepoetry,
Precious Black Night POTD Rhymebeautiful,color,dark,moon
That's When the Fight Began Coupletfun,funny,humor,humorous,
Together in This Prose Poetryscience fiction,
Try Me Sometime Personificationfantasy,humanity,technolo
Shadows of Somber Skies Alliterationangel,dark,
Heaven On Earth Free versehumor,
Lend Me Your Ear Rhymecharacter,integrity,peopl
bard's-eye view Iambic Pentameteranalogy,metaphor,poetry,w
Lost and Found Coupletadventure,fantasy,flower,
Universal Holidays Rhymeappreciation,chanukah,chr
In July Rhymejuly,
Huskey Mountain Ode Rhymehome,
Contemplation Free verse10th grade,11th grade,12t
Winter's Fantasies Free versefantasy,snow,winter,
Esoteric Fox and His Wisdom Narrative10th grade,4th grade,5th
The Winter Maker Rhymewinter,
Clear, Cool Musings Terzanelleearth,inspiration,moon,mu
Cutting Ties Rhymehurt,
Making a Hillbilly Jacuzzi Rhyme10th grade,11th grade,12t
Old Women of Southside Knew How to Sing Rhymeage,women,
Give Me Some Space Rhymemusic,
On Wings of Imagination Verseimagination,
I Almost Pooed My Pants Rhymefishing,
Piper in the Woodlands Free versenature,
Summer Lace Rhymebeauty,day,love,morning,n
Worries For Another Day Rhymehappy,how i feel,inspirat
The Virginia Hermaphrodite Dramatic Monologuehistory,
Yes Yes Yes to Space Travel Light Verse10th grade,11th grade,12t
always books Free versebooks,imagination,inspira
I am Childlike Not Childish Free verseme,
Crumb Coupletsuicide,
Greener Rhymeanimal,metaphor,
Millie Brindle Light Versedark,humor,
B U L L I E S Acrosticabuse,anti bullying,
Where Daffodils Grow By The Sea Rhymebeauty,daffodils,sea,
An Endless Spring Versenature,
Man Child Versechild,childhood,men,
A To-Do List Rhymeme,
HOT,HOT,HOT Rhymefunny,hilarious,humor,hum
Dead to Me Means More Alive than Ever Narrativegrandchild,grandmother,
Talking to the Storm Prose Poetrystorm,
Vultures Circling - Part One Narrativeamerica,death,girl,horse,
Petites And Faeries Rhymehope,love,magic,together,
I Chose The Life That Was Chosen For Me Rhyme9th grade,angst,appreciat
Timeout Rhymebeautiful,change,image,im
Watching Amos Plowing with Horses Narrativehistory,nostalgia,
Bat and Gat: Unwelcome Picnic Guest Limerickanimal,hero,silly,
The Bus Stop Rhymelonely,lost,mystery,silen

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Stanfield Major United States Flag United States Read
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Terry Miller United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
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Panagiota Romios United States Flag United States Read
Bill Baker United States Flag United States Read
Mike Gentile United States Flag United States Read
Jenna Logan United States Flag United States Read
Delice Arleen Skelly Ireland Flag Ireland Read
Sotto Poet United States Flag United States Read
Sally Eslinger United States Flag United States Read
Paula Goldsmith United States Flag United States Read
Tania Kitchin United States Flag United States Read
L MILTON HANKINS United States Flag United States Read
Victor Buhagiar Malta Flag Malta Read
Valsa George India Flag India Read
Marikate Kingston United States Flag United States Read
Mark Koplin United States Flag United States Read
Lin Lane United States Flag United States Read
Avery Won United States Flag United States Read
Carolyn Marie Baatz United States Flag United States Read
Marco Chies Brazil Flag Brazil Read
Tom Cunningham United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Edward Ibeh United States Flag United States Read
Jeff Kyser United States Flag United States Read
Indiana Shaw United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Sara Etgen-Baker United States Flag United States Read
John Anderson Australia Flag Australia Read
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